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What is the extent of Wisconsin lawmakers' conflict of interest in fracking sand mine rules?

Mark Radcliffe is an attorney in private practice in Black River Falls. He represents High Country Sand, a Minnesota-based mining company, in a lawsuit filed Jan. 3 against Eau Claire County, challenging its temporary moratorium on non-metallic mining. Radcliffe is also a Democratic member of the state Assembly, which may soon take up a bill to revamp Wisconsin's rules for metallic mining. >More
 Walker recall drive breaks national records, as 'dance' begins for a Democratic challenger

There had to be an event planner involved at some point. First there was the buildup: Organizers of the campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker kept mum for weeks about the total number of signatures collected. Then there were the successive news briefings for media on Tuesday with embargoed conditions (shame on you, Bloomberg, for jumping the gun). And then there was the theatrical procession of volunteers from around the state carrying more than 1 million signatures from a U-Haul truck to the state elections board on East Washington Avenue. >More
 Kathleen Falk, former Dane County exec, will run for governor in recall election

Wednesday morning, as the Government Accountability Board worked to count and verify petitions with over one million signatures turned in by recall forces Tuesday afternoon, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announced her candidacy to run against Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election that has not yet been scheduled. >More
 Walker recall supporters hold out hope for Feingold

It is 7:30 p.m., and Jeff Plantz is standing atop an escalator in Monona Terrace. He holds a simple white sheet of paper on which he has written in black ink "Come on Russ please! "As people exit the Recall Victory Party on Tuesday evening, celebrating the collection of over 1 million signatures to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, they cheer him on and give him high-fives. Some even sigh dreamily. >More
 View photos of the Walker recall petition rally at Monona Terrace

Thousands of people supporting the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gathered in downtown Madison on Tuesday evening for the Petition Turn-in Celebration. This exultant political rally filled the Exhibition Hall at Monona Terrace, capping a day in which United Wisconsin and its partners filed more than 1 million signatures to recall Walker, along with more petitions to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators. View photos of the citizens and officeholders joining in the celebration. >More
 Scott Walker recall campaign collects more than one million signatures

With organizers coy about the number of signatures collected to recall Gov. Scott Walker, there has been speculation for weeks about the final number. There was even a running contest on a bulletin board at the Harmony Bar. But the number is now in. With much fanfare, recall organizers announced Tuesday that more than 1 million signatures would be submitted to the Government Accountability Board. >More
 Scott Fitzgerald recall effort reaches 20,600 signatures, exceeds goal by nearly 4,000

Organizers of a grassroots campaign to recall Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced that they were submitting more than enough signatures -- 20,600 -- to state election officials Tuesday to trigger a recall election against the Republican senator from Juneau. The number of signatures gathered is nearly one-quarter more than the required 16,742. >More
 Madison Prep backers seek school board re-vote

The Urban League of Greater Madison said Friday that it will ask the Madison school board to vote again on its Madison Prep proposal on Tuesday, February 27. "Our children can't wait," said Kaleem Caire, Urban League president and CEO at a press conference at the Urban League headquarters on South Park Street. He called Madison Prep "a laboratory for success." >More
 Independent Bob Ziegelbauer decries extremism in Wisconsin politics

Bob Ziegelbauer wants to make it clear he's not placing himself above his fellow state lawmakers: "I don't want to be judgmental and say, all these other guys, they're just money grubbers." That's not his point at all. Ziegelbauer, the lone independent among the Wisconsin Legislature's 132 members, says raising money has never been a big factor in his political career, which spans three decades. >More
 New EPA database identifies Madison's largest greenhouse gas polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled a new online map and database, allowing people to find the country's largest emitters of greenhouse gases. In Madison, the biggest polluters are, unsurprisingly, power plants. >More
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